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October Revolution in Jazz & Contemporary Music 2017

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October Revolution In Jazz & Contemporary Music FringeArts Philadelphia, PA October 5-8, 2017 The main venue for The October Revolution in Jazz & Contemporary Music was FringeArts, a renovated historic pumping station for Philadelphia's fire department located in the shadow of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. It seats 240 with a restaurant and beer garden. As a hub for the four days of activity, it was an oasis, allowing both musicians and listeners ...

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Eden Ladin: Yequm

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The universe essentially speaks to infinite space and matter. But on a smaller scale we each exist and operate within our own universe(s), more defined domains plotted out by our experiences and measured by our respective developments. Yequm, an album that takes its title from the Hebrew word for “universe," is wholly representative of the vast musical macrocosm pianist Eden Ladin inhabits. It's a collection of original music that finds Ladin painting himself into different worlds. For ...

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William Evans/Donat Fisch/Banz Oester/Jorge Rossy/Andy Scherrer: Schlitten

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The Swiss CD release, Schlitten, tips a hat to the undersung record producer, Don Schlitten. The quintet doing the hat-tipping is mostly Swiss musicians. Drummer Jorge Rossy, formerly of the Brad Mehldau Trio, is Spanish-born. Schlitten got his start working the music business with several of the small but prestigious record companies--Muse and Prestige, among others--before he created his own label with Xanadu Records. His approach was straightforward--bring the intuitive, top-level musicians into the studio and let them ...

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Softly, With Feeling

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Softly with Feeling Edward Berger 378 Pages ISBN: 978-1-4399-1127-3 Temple University Press 2014 It's a long way from Darby Colwyn PA to Manhattan NY in more ways than one. There's an old Fels Naptha plant that has always seemed the pride of Colwyn, that is, until you know about Joe Wilder. Many of us discover him scandalously late in life, decades after our adolescent heroes are established. No, it wasn't just a matter ...

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Art Lillard's Heavenly Big Band at the New York City Baha’i Center

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Art Lillard's Heavenly Big Band New York City Baha'i Center New York, NY August 22, 2017 In this teetering age in which we live, where one wrong move might tip an edge too far in one direction, drummer/composer Art Lillard and his “Heavenly Big Band" stand firmly toward the center, finding balance in more than just a solid groove or memorable lick. Rather, Lillard understands that sharing music needn't be political, fiercely philosophical, ...

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Trio Heinz Herbert: The Willisau Concert

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It can't do any harm as an aspiring musician if a close relation runs a record company. But let's be clear that the young Swiss threesome Trio Heinz Herbert's appearance on the esteemed Intakt imprint is based entirely on merit, without a whiff of nepotism on the air. Right that's got that out of the way. In fact The Willisau Concert constitutes the band's fourth album (sort of, as they shared a split CD, before issuing two others solely under ...

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Ian Brighton & Henry Kaiser: Together Apart

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The title of the album explains its realisation; Britain's Ian Brighton and Henry Kaiser from California recorded their respective contributions locally and then Kaiser had them melded seamlessly together. Whilst this methodology is true for nine of the eleven tracks, the first two are solo pieces. “In Memoriam--Jack and Rose Brighton," the longest cut at just under ten minutes, is Brighton's solo, dedicated to his late parents. “Spoonful" is Kaiser's solo, and for the first ten seconds he invokes the ...

SOCAL JAZZ

David Sanborn: Stick Out Your Tongue

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It was a Sunday afternoon to remember for all of us. It was a most special day for a myriad of reasons. Multi Grammy award winning saxophonist David Sanborn was at the heart of it all. A big part of the story involves a little boy. An eleven year old named Isaac who plays the saxophone and idolizes Sanborn. He, not surprisingly, was elated to learn that he, along with his mom and my wife and I, was ...

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Ron Carter: A Clew of Worms

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So the saying goes, the early bird gets the worm. Occasionally, if one is so fortunate, you can get a whole lot more.From the beginning just knowing that I was going to have the opportunity to see and hear Ron Carter play was about seeing a legend. Of course you hope to hear some good live music. But it isn't every day that you are in the presence of a true jazz icon. Now 80 years old, Carter ...


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